Age Group: Young Adult
Release Date: March 30, 2010
Received From: Amazon.com
After climate change, on the north shore of Unlake Superior, a dystopian world is divided between those who live inside the wall, and those, like sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone, who live outside. It’s Gaia’s job to “advance” a quota of infants from poverty into the walled Enclave, until the night one agonized mother objects, and Gaia’s parents are arrested.
Badly scarred since childhood, Gaia is a strong, resourceful loner who begins to question her society. As Gaia’s efforts to save her parents take her within the wall, she herself is arrested and imprisoned.
Fraught with difficult moral choices and rich with intricate layers of codes, BIRTHMARKED explores a colorful, cruel, eerily familiar world where one girl can make all the difference, and a real hero makes her own moral code.
I love dystopia. No, I LOVE dystopia! I really do. It’s probably my favorite genre right now. So did I love this dystopian? I sure did!
The world Caragh O’Brien created in Birthmarked is like no other. It could exist. The concept of the Enclave and the wall seem completely plausible to me. Those are the dystopians I love the most. The ones that could happen.
Gaia is a midwife outside the wall. She has to take the first the babies of every month away from their mother’s and give them to the Enclave. She has never questioned her duties or her Mother’s duties. When her parents are arrested and taken to the prison inside the wall Gaia will realize that things were never as they seemed and she should have questioned things long ago.
Gaia is a strong heroine. She pulled through when I definitely would have given up. There were surprises around every corner in Birthmarked. I loved every minute of it!